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Man accused of sexually abusing teen 60-85 times over 2 years

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SUGAR CITY — A convicted felon living in Sugar City is accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl for at least two years.

James D. Hill, 29, is charged with one count of child sex abuse with solicitation of a minor under 16 and a count of lewd conduct with a child. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

The alleged abuse began in 2014 when the victim was 14-years-old. Hill moved into her family’s home after being released from prison. He has been convicted of several crimes in multiple jurisdictions.

The victim described in graphic detail the abuse she endured over the years, according to details in the court documents. She said she was raped on some dry farms and other locations in Madison County. At one point, she told detectives Hill “wanted to take her to town and have her get some birth control.”

Hill eventually moved from the home into a trailer in Sugar City. The victim would babysit younger children living with Hill and was allegedly assaulted during or after the visits.

The victim says that she was sexually abused by Hill between 60 to 85 times over two years. She told deputies the abuse stopped when the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare was called to Hill’s home for a dirty house complaint, which resulted in the children being removed from the trailer.

Hill was arraigned in Madison County District Court on Monday and is still being held at the Madison County Jail. A jury trial is scheduled for May 8.

CORRECTION:A previous version of this article said Hill had bonded out of jail while in fact, he is still in custody. apologizes for the error.